Creating custom furniture is one way to bring your personality into your home to create a space that is uniquely you. The process of ordering custom furniture, however, can be overwhelming if you are a first-time customer with no idea where to start. When ordering custom furniture, you want to be sure that you will love the piece that you buy. Follow these best practices to ensure a custom-buying experience of a piece that will stand the test of time.

Consider What Purpose the Custom Furniture Piece Will Serve for You

When ordering custom furniture, it can prove to be immensely helpful to consider what needs the piece will satisfy for you and your home. Establishing a baseline expectation for what the custom furniture piece will add to your home can be helpful in the design of the piece itself. Fine furniture craftspeople work to cater to your needs, and they strive to satisfy them in every piece that they create. Do you need additional storage but still want the piece to be beautiful and functional? Perhaps you need a bigger dining room table for your growing family or professional, fine furniture for your new home office. Whatever you are looking for, considering how the furniture will serve you before beginning your search can help to narrow down your ideas and give you a starting point.

Browse Similar Furniture or Work with a Designer to Get an Idea of Your Desired Style

Even though you may have a vague idea of what you want your custom piece to add to your home, you might find that you have trouble picturing what that piece will look like. Take time to browse other items that may be similar to what you are looking for. Browsing other fine furniture pieces online can help to give you a sense of the current trends, and you may find yourself considering physical aspects of the furniture that you hadn’t before. Noting details that you do or do not like can be helpful in the design process of your own custom furniture.

Additionally, if a furniture designer is available for use, take advantage of their professional expertise. As custom furniture designers are experienced in serving the needs of those who wish to create beautiful custom pieces, they may be able to simplify an otherwise complex process.

Consider Your Personal Style When Designing Your Custom Furniture Piece

When you begin the process of designing your custom piece, the possibilities can seem endless. Naturally, this can seem overwhelming and prevent you from finding a good starting point. Sometimes, it can be easier to start with small, individual decisions and work up to decisions that concern the entire piece. A good way to implement this process is to consider stylistic choices that you would like to incorporate into your furniture and what materials you would like it to be made with. After researching, you may find that you like the look of a darker wood, like walnut, over the look of a lighter wood, like beech. When it comes to hardware, you may prefer a polished nickel finish to a black one. These are just two of the many design decisions you will get to make when of designing your custom furniture piece, so help yourself out by tackling the smaller decisions first.

Plan to Wait Longer for Your Custom Furniture

One thing that is both a pro and a con of custom furniture is the amount of time that the artisan spends making it. Custom pieces must go through a long process of being designed and crafted before they reach your door. This time that the fine furniture builder spends with your custom piece is one of the reasons that custom furniture is of much higher quality than other mass-produced furniture. In a world where it seems like everything is only a click away, this delay in gratification can prove to be frustrating. Try to minimize this frustration on the front end of your custom furniture process by expecting the process to feel longer than usual. Once you eventually receive your custom piece, you’ll know that it was well worth the wait!

Know that Your Custom Furniture is an Investment

When you buy custom furniture, you are essentially investing in your home’s legacy, as this fine custom furniture will be able to serve your children and grandchildren for the many years to come. Because of this, the price tag of custom furniture is likely to be higher than you are used to. Most furniture that you buy is mass-produced, meaning the company cuts costs on the production end to offer you a lower cost on the consumer end. Custom pieces are not mass-produced but are handmade by an artisan who thoughtfully makes your vision come to life. Custom-built furniture is of a higher quality than mass-produced items and caters to your own tastes and needs. Speak with your in-store designer and ask them if they can provide you with a quote if you are concerned about the price on the front end of the process. It is normal for fine, custom furniture to be priced higher than furniture that is not custom-built. Once you see your piece for the first time, you’ll agree that buying custom is worth every penny.

Schedule a Consultation with a Custom Furniture Designer

Once you have made decisions regarding the custom piece that you wish to be created, you can arrange to speak with a member of our design team to discuss and create it. During this meeting, be sure to communicate your needs for the piece and your preferences regarding the design. Not only will this ensure that you are on the same page but will offer helpful insights when creating your custom furniture piece.

Fine Custom Furniture Makers in Knoxville, TN

If you are looking to start designing your own custom furniture piece that will last you (and your children!) through the years, Amish Elegance in Knoxville, TN, is ready to create your masterpiece. Whether you are designing for your living room, bedroom, or office, Amish Elegance and the Amish families that we partner with throughout the country provide custom work that never compromises quality of product or customer service. We also offer a custom matching service, so you can bring in furniture heirlooms and have them professionally matched by our  custom furniture builders to create that new old feeling.

When you’re looking for a custom piece of furniture, contact Amish Elegance to create a piece that will be in your family for generations. Come visit us at 613 N. Campbell Station Road in Knoxville, TN, or schedule an in-home consultation by giving us a call at 865-392-6000. Contact us with any questions or get a quote for a custom furniture piece on our website today.